Upcoming events will help fund projects for Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys

Lindsay Fast, the executive director for Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys, joined Good Morning Keys on KeysTalk 96.9/102.5FM this morning to talk about how Habitat helps people.

Affordable housing is always a topic for discussion.

Fast said, “It’s definitely a hot topic. And we’re doing our best. We’re certainly busy. Got lots of projects going, which is awesome. We’ve got a Gardenia Avenue Project right next to Plantation Key School, eight units. Those are three bedroom, two bathrooms, single family homes. They’re gorgeous. They are going up very quickly. We’re actually doing some volunteer Saturdays there. So if anybody’s interested, we’re doing painting and hanging closets, some fun, easy stuff. So that is one of our projects. We’re getting ready to get our certificate of occupancy at a project on Hibiscus Lane in Key Largo. So that’s exciting. Hopefully, that family will be moving in in the next month or so. Then we have two other projects, one at Valencia Avenue we’re about to break ground on. That’s also in Key Largo. So yep, super busy. We need some fundraising. So that’s what our cocktail party is coming up to. We’re going to raise some funds, get some construction funding going.”

The Kentucky Derby themed cocktail party will be held Friday, March 8, at Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada.

Fast said, “It’s going to be so much fun. I hope you have your bow tie ready. Hopefully the ladies have their hats and fascinators ready. We’re going to do a pre VIP party. So that’s going to start at 530. And that’s actually on the golf course. So kind of a different vibe than we’ve done in the past. So that should be fun and interesting with some bourbon tasting happening there and some other light bites. Then the main event starts in the ballroom at 6:30. We’ve got a super fun DJ, some various contests. I’ve goaded some board members into doing some horse racing, so that should be really fun. Hopefully we’ll raise some good money. We’ve got a jet ski up for live auction, a chateau stay and France, Sonoma wine trips. Lots of fun live auction items as well as silent auction items.”

Registration is open until March 7.

Fast said, “Tickets start at $250 a person for just the main event, of course food’s included, beer and wine is included in that as well. The food stations were very excited about Southern style, kind of in that Kentucky spirit. We’ve got some platinum sponsors, First Horizon Bank, American Caribbean Real Estate, Florida Keys Board of Realtors. We are so grateful for all of our sponsors to make this event happen.”

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the office.

The annual golf tournament will be April 18 at Redlands Golf and Country Club.

Fast said, “The golf tournament is also a really fun event. It’s always a good turnout.”

Since incorporating in 1989, there are now 72 affordable housing units in the Upper Keys thanks to Habitat.

Fast said, “That is something that I am just so proud of.”

Volunteers are always needed.

Fast said, “It’s a great cause and we have a lot of fun.”

For more information, click here: https://habitatupperkeys.org/